The Inside Column 5/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 05, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we hope you feel at home and that you enjoy worshiping with us.

Matthew 26:6-13 tells us about an act of intimate worship from a woman who anointed Jesus’ head with expensive perfume. The thing that strikes me first about this story is that Jesus accepts the woman’s worship even though the disciples quite logically point out that the money could have been used to help the poor. Jesus puts worship ahead of works here. I don’t think for one moment that Jesus is suggesting that the poor should be forgotten, this is about priorities. When we put God first in our lives, everything we do becomes an act of worship to him.

The apostle Paul in Romans 12:1 tells us that worship is about how we live our life. He urges the believers to make every aspect of their lives an offering to God. Just think for a moment what this means:

  • The way we relate to others is an act of worship…
  • The way we drive is an act of worship…
  • The way we spend our money is an act of worship…
  • What we chose to watch on TV or at the movies is an act of worship…
  • The job we do is an act of worship…

True worship is about committing everything we do to God. Worship is the total alignment of our heart, soul, mind and strength with the will of God.

How do we know what the will of God is? Paul goes on to say that we should “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” As we offer ourselves to God completely in worship, we will know God’s will – “his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Our worship is based on our personal knowledge of God. Someone can tell you everything they know about God, but it doesn’t mean much unless we actually build our relationship with God through being in his presence. Worship needs intimacy. There is a story of someone who asked the president of a bank how the tellers could detect a counterfeit note. He answered that the best way was to get someone who was used to handling the real thing so that when they touched a fake note they know straight away that it is not real. Our relationship with God is like that. When we truly know God, when we make God our first priority and seek him in prayer and through Bible study, then we really can worship him in spirit and in truth.


Yours in Christ


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